With Father’s Day coming up I’m interviewing some awesome dads to find out what they love about being a father!
First up is Christan! He has a beautiful wife and two little boys, he loves to create things and take photos, and he is one of our managers at Lisa Leonard Designs. Christan always has a smile on his face–as you read on, you’ll see what a devoted father and husband he is!
What is one of your proudest moments as a dad?
Some men are born knowing exactly what they want to be, and exactly what they want to do & I guess I am no different. The one thing I have always been confident in is knowing that I was made to be a dad. So, while I had no idea who my son was the day he was born, I was proudest the day he made me his dad. He hasn’t stopped making me proud since….most days!
What have you learned from your Dad that you want to pass down to your kids?
Integrity. There isn’t a particular time when my dad had a conversation with me about being a man of your word, he just acted it out; I want my boys to see me the same way. I want them to see me as a man of honor and integrity and more importantly, I want them to want that for themselves.
What things have you learned from your kids?
Recently it’s how many children songs there are! Each week it seems like I hear Ashton singing a song about planets, animals or this weeks song: “the continent song”. For those of you who are not familiar, here is how it goes: “North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, Don’t forget Antarctica, Or way down under in Australia. Tell me the continents, tell me the continents if you can!”
What is one of your funniest dad moments?
Hearing my son translate the world he hears into his own concepts! One of the times I have laughed the hardest is when we were wrestling (as Dad’s do). He apparently wasn’t too fond after a while and screeched, “Be careful daddy! I’m not a toy!”
Being a father is easy, being a dad is hard. I hope my boys know the love I have for them, the adoration I have for being their dad, and the intention at which my wife & I parent them. One of the greatest lessons I have learned from Rick Warren is that we are responsible to our children not for our children. As God as done for me, I will show my boys the way and then I hope they choose to embrace the love that is around them for themselves.
Your turn, what is one thing you learned from your Dad that you want to pass on to your kiddos or live out in your own life?